Stephen King Triple Feature! FIRESTARTER stars Drew Barrymore as a pre-teen girl with pyrokinetic powers. CARRIE stars Sissy Spacek as a teen misfit with telekinetic powers. THE DEAD ZONE stars Christopher Walken as a man who gains second sight after a near death accident. Discussion following FIRESTARTER with director Mark Lester.
1984, Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: Mark L. Lester
After rocketing to fame in E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, pre-teen Drew Barrymore was tapped for the lead in this Stephen King adaptation. She plays Charlene “Charlie” McGee, a girl with pyrokinetic powers that government agency “The Shop” is eager to harness; her father (David Keith) also has psychic abilities, which he uses to protect his daughter from Shop agents. Sharing the screen with fiery special effects is a top-notch cast – including George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Louise Fletcher, Art Carney and Heather Locklear – and an electronic score by Tangerine Dream.
1976, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma
Director Brian De Palma strikes exactly the right note between empathy and horror in this yarn of Carrie (Sissy Spacek), a teen misfit who becomes so unglued after being repeatedly victimized by sadistic classmates and religious-zealot mom Piper Laurie that her latent telekinetic powers kick in, resulting in a blitz of gory, vengeful carnage. Enormously popular on its original release, CARRIE remains one of the best adaptations from a Stephen King novel. With John Travolta, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, P.J. Soles.
THE DEAD ZONE
1983, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg
Director David Cronenberg helms one of the best Stephen King adaptations with Christopher Walken as a young man who receives the gift (or is it curse?) of second sight after a near death accident. Radical upheaval plagues his life as his marriage to Brooke Adams is thwarted, and he becomes involved in helping Sheriff Tom Skerritt track a serial killer. But foreseeing the apocalyptic behavior of power-drunk presidential candidate Martin Sheen provides him with his most tortuous challenge. One of Walken’s most poignant, sensitive portrayals.
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Screening format: 35mm (FIRESTARTER, THE DEAD ZONE), DCP (CARRIE)